Autumnal Vegetable Soup 

This soup consists of butternut squash, carrots, onion, celery and tomato. It’s low fat, filling and packed with flavour. I was going to call this “Autumn/Fall Soup”, as I appreciate not every English speaker is a British English speaker. But fall soup conjures images of holding a bowl of soup, and promptly dropping it onto the floor. So autumnal vegetable soup it is.

Yield; 4-6 servings (4 as a main, 6 as a starter) Cook time; One hour 15 minutes

You’ll need;

  1. One tablespoon of oil
  2. Two brown onions, minced
  3. Four large cloves of garlic, minced
  4. Three carrots, peeled and diced
  5. Two sticks of celery, diced
  6. One butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and chopped
  7. Two tablespoons of tomato puree
  8. 500ml hot vegetable stock
  9. Two 400g (14oz) cans of chopped tomatoes
  10. Two teaspoons of each of the following; dried parsley, dried oregano and dried basil
  11. Salt and black pepper to taste

Method;

  • Firstly prepare the vegetables. Mince the garlic and the onion, dice the celery and carrot (I aimed for a pea sized dice) and chop the butternut squash. (A tip when mincing garlic, roughly chop it then sprinkle over a little salt and leave for a few minutes. The salt brings out the moisture in the garlic, making it easier to mince.)DSC_0044-picsayddds.JPG
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the garlic, cook for a minute then add the onion, covering the pot with a lid. Continue cooking for five minutes.
  • Next add the carrot and celery, cover again and cook for a further five minutes.
  • Then add the butternut squash, cover and cook for five minutes.
  • At this point add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock and herbs. Give everything a good stir, return the lid and cook for 50-60 minutes or until the vegetable are cooked. Cook time will depend on how small or large your vegetables are.
  • Once the soup is cooked, check for seasoning and add black pepper and salt as needed.

Serve along with crusty bread or sandwiches for a satisfying lunch. Alternatively, this would make for a perfect starter.

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